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Nissan expands Navara production to South Africa

Nissan has announced it will commence production of the Navara at its South African factory from 2020. Joining the current NP200 and NP300 (an old-gen Navara sold in developing markets) at the Rosslyn site,  the new Navara will add an annual output of 30,000 units to the facility's existing 35,000 volume...

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Great Wall: Next-gen ute's interior revealed
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Great Wall: Next-gen ute's interior revealed

Great Wall has continued to the gradual drip-feed of details about its upcoming replacement for the Steed dual-cab, revealing its upmarket interior. There's quilted leather in there, for crying out loud. The cabin you see here won't feature in the rough and tumble Adventure model revealed last week. Instead, the luxurious-looking finish pictured will be reserved for the 'Urban' model...


Performax Tickford F-150 revealed
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Performax Tickford F-150 revealed

Performax has revealed a special version of its Ford F-150 co-developed with tuning firm Tickford. Headlining the upgrades are suspension, torque, and performance tweaks, including a new ECU tune that takes the 3.5-litre 'EcoBoost' turbocharged V6 to a beefy 354kW and 780Nm, up from the 'standard' 279kW/637Nm tune...


Ssangyong Australia crying out for Musso accessories
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Ssangyong Australia crying out for Musso accessories

Ssangyong is pushing hard to get its range of Musso accessories ready for the Australian market, as it looks to equip dealers with a range of add-ons for dual-cab ute buyers. According to figures quoted by Toyota at the launch of the HiLux Rogue and Rugged, the average dual-cab owners spends somewhere in the vicinity of $2000 on aftermarket accessories almost immediately after purchase...


Volkswagen Amarok: 83 per cent of sales are V6 models
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Volkswagen Amarok: 83 per cent of sales are V6 models

Volkswagen Australia has detailed the sales split of its Amarok ute range this week, with more than 83 per cent of overall sales being high-spec V6 variants. In 2018 the company sold 9290 Amaroks in Australia, with 7739 of those being V6 models – an 83.3 per cent share...


Great Wall: Next-gen ute to get Australian 'off-road adventure' model
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Great Wall: Next-gen ute to get Australian 'off-road adventure' model

Great Wall has confirmed its next-generation ute will get a special "off-road adventure" configuration for the Australian and New Zealand market. Shown here in Australia and New Zealand specific patent drawings from Great Wall, the ute will be offered in four configurations in its home market: dual-cab with a choice of long- and short wheelbase, single-cab, and the special "off-road adventure" model pictured...


2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Premium review
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2019 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Premium review

The Mitsubishi Triton GLS Premium sits atop the updated workhorse range, and offers an impressive array of safety tech and a bluffer new look to cement its status.


Volkswagen 'excited' about Ford ute partnership
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Volkswagen 'excited' about Ford ute partnership

Volkswagen Australia is keen to see the outcome of the recently-announced commercial vehicle partnership with Ford Motor Company, particularly the next-generation ute set to replace the current Amarok. Director for commercial vehicles, Ryan Davies, said we probably won't see the production model until 2022 or 2023, though the local arm is "excited" about what's to come...


Volkswagen Amarok V6: Manual variants coming soon
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Volkswagen Amarok V6: Manual variants coming soon

Volkswagen Australia is looking to further expand its Amarok range in the coming months, headlined by the introduction of manual versions of its V6 variants. Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the Caddy Beach camper van in Sydney this week, Ryan Davies, director for Volkswagen Australia's commercial vehicle division, said the local arm is keen to bring the manual-equipped Amarok V6 Down Under...


2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty makes trailers transparent
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2020 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty makes trailers transparent

GMC has debuted new technology allowing drivers to see what's behind their trailers on its new Sierra Heavy Duty, as part of an expanded suite of tech features designed to make life easier for people who are always towing. Headlining the technology suite is the aforementioned transparent trailer view, combining the view from the car's rear-view camera with a unit you attach to the rear of the trailer...


Who's making utes for whom?
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Who's making utes for whom?

Car companies have been sharing development costs for years, so it’s hardly shocking to see them doing the same with pickups/utes. For one, we’ve just seen Ford and Volkswagen announce the co-development of the next-generation Ranger and Amarok, due for market launch in 2022. Isuzu and Mazda are also sharing costs on the next D-Max/BT-50...


2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD revealed
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2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD revealed

Chevrolet has pulled back what must have been a very, very big sheet on its 2020 Silverado 2500HD, with a new look designed to better separate it from the 'regular duty' Silverado 1500 launched earlier this year. It's huge, folks. There's a bit going on here, but we're going to start with the styling...


Rivian R1T electric ute revealed for LA
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Rivian R1T electric ute revealed for LA

The Rivian R1T electric ute has been unveiled ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at the 2018 Los Angeles motor show later this week. Measuring 5475mm long, 2015mm wide and a riding on a 3075mm wheelbase, the R1T has been sized to compete with the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500...


Volkswagen Tarok: Australian launch is a 'no'
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Volkswagen Tarok: Australian launch is a 'no'

The Volkswagen Tarok ute isn’t big enough or powerful enough for the Australian market, according to the German brand’s local arm. The Tarok was revealed in early November as a concept virtually ready for production, and ready to sit below the company’s full-size Amarok ute that’s been on sale since 2011...


2011-15 Mazda BT-50 recalled
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2011-15 Mazda BT-50 recalled

Mazda has recalled BT-50 models sold between October 21, 2011 and June 21, 2016, over concerns about the door latch tabs. According to the company, a broken locating tab could prevent the door from closing or, if the door is closed, make it unlatch on the move. A total of 53,320 units are affected by the campaign – a VIN list is attached here...


Ford Fiesta, Ranger recalled
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Ford Fiesta, Ranger recalled

Ford has recalled the 2010-16 Fiesta and 2011-15 Ranger, over concerns about the pawl spring tab in the side-door latch. According to the company, the spring tab in a side-door latch could break, which usually prevents the door from latching. If the car can be closed, however, the door could open while the vehicle is moving...


Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 race parts revealed
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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 race parts revealed

Chevrolet has revealed its answer to the Ford F-150 Raptor, with a raft of race-ready upgrades for its Colorado ZR2 pickup truck. Developed by Chevrolet Performance engineering, as part of a collaboration with Multimatic and Hall Racing, the parts are designed to make the ZR2 ready to tackle the Baja 1000 desert race...


Jeep Wrangler ute to be called 'Gladiator'
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Jeep Wrangler ute to be called 'Gladiator'

Jeep's upcoming ute based on the Wrangler off-roader looks set to be called the 'Gladiator', after an enthusiast's forum noticed the name listed on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' (FCA) media site. Posted on JeepScramblerForum, a user noticed a page for the '2020 Jeep Gladiator' and posted a screenshot to the forum. However, the page is no longer live...


2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD recalled
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2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD recalled

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has recalled the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD over concerns about the park brake cable. According to the importer the fitting at the end of the cable might become detached during use, posing a risk of the park brake releasing unexpectedly. A total of 107 units are included in the campaign – a VIN list is attached here...


Nissan Frontier Sentinel concept revealed
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Nissan Frontier Sentinel concept revealed

The Nissan Frontier Sentinel concept has been revealed at the São Paulo motor show, designed by the company's Brazilian design studio as a rugged rescue vehicle that can handle any terrain. Finished in eye-catching Thunder Blue, the Frontier Sentinel is based on the standard Frontier dual-cab ute – known locally as the Navara...